All SimpelFilters beginning with version 2.0 have a distinctly improved user interface with many new and comfortable functions. For details please see the following pages:
You can find hints and examples for the application of filters and downloadable SimpelFilter parameter files on the tutorial pages. The first tutorial page is for the filter SF Maskerade. Other pages will follow.
Filters or plugins are little programs that perform special, singular tasks - mostly in a better way than a big imaging application could. Even Photoshop is not perfect and has gaps that can be filled with the appropriate plugins.
Plugins do not work on their own, though. They extend the capabilities of imaging applications and therefore have to be "plugged" into them. Mostly all that is to be done is to put them into the designated plugin folder and restart the application. Then one or more new items appear in the "Filters" or "Effects" menu. In our case, the new menu items are called SimpelFilter and SF Analyse.
The SimpelFilter plugins are supposed to work with any imaging application that is compatible with Photoshop plugins. This plugin standard has been developed by Adobe in the beginning of the 90s and is supported by all popular imaging applications (although not always entirely). The plugins have been tested with Photoshop, Photo-Paint, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoImpact, PhotoLine32 and GIMP in their Windows versions.
Currently, the filters do not work on other operating systems. The reason for this is that the development tool used for creating them (FilterMeister) merely produces Windows code.
Exception: The calibration tools and some of the analysis helpers work independently from the operating system, so they can be used on Mac OS and Linux, too.